I love the Google description I saw for Batman from the Lego movie,
"Batman may have to drop the lone vigilante thing, try to work with others and maybe, just maybe, learn to lighten up."
Welcome to Batman 2017. Things have definitely changed since our superhero childhood in the 70s and 80s. Back then, the challenges seemed less complicated and we certainly didn't mind having some dude in tights sweeping in to solve them.
Our newsfeeds can leave us walking away feeling like problems are so insurmountable that the depression-linked question, "why bother?" can creep in and render us inactive. This seems to be very common.
In other cases, we can be left feeling like we want to tackle all of the world's problems including peaceful surrender of every terrorist organization, global climate change and world hunger.
When we take on something that is so enormous, the risks are really high. Therefore, we equate the rewards as being high. There is nothing wrong with being an overachiever, if that's your thing. However, you better understand that the fall from a 30 story building is quite different than off a ladder.
The fall for many entrepreneurs can be depression. Great thinkers imagine a world that is problem-free, perhaps even a universe that is problem-free. Much of this depressed state can come from feeling disappointed that we didn't achieve the goals that we set out. Besides the obvious sleeping, eating and exercising rituals, I believe there is a greater way to protect ourselves from feeling overwhelmed and disappointed.
Focused goal-setting in a humour-filled work environment!
(See this blog with some tips on how to focus on what you do best and why you should!)
At Beagle, we know that 90% of SMBs do not use a lawyer for their contracts. We have also found that lawyers have been too bogged down in the menial tasks and they need to be freed up to actually lawyer.
We identified the problem and are actively creating solutions..AND having fun while doing it! (Come on, who names their company Beagle...then, takes themselves seriously?)
In your business, solving a problem makes you feel great. It also takes away a huge barrier in someone else's life who could be lacking the focus or feeling like an underachiever themselves.
I believe we have to look at it as a butterfly effect. You may think the change that you are implementing is small, but if you had the power to look all the way down the chain, you may see that the world is saved at the end of it, or at least you had fun during the journey!
Many of us want to leave a legacy and be remembered for doing something great but it is ultimately more important to be remembered for being someone great. While you are here, it is imperative that you feel great.
“I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” ― Maya Angelou
I hope you will be focused on solving the problems that you are passionate about. Nobody wants to feel inadequate and depression doesn't discriminate.
You may see someone with a shirt and tie sitting in a fancy coffee bar who is secretly just as depressed as someone down on their luck.
Maybe Batman has been taking himself too seriously. The burdens of 2017 do require us working with others and we absolutely must drop the loan vigilante thing.
I believe we all need to lighten up.
Let me leave you with an inspiring video from Andrew Tarvin who talks about the power of humour at work and the skills we need to enjoy our job: